I just returned from a cruise on the Carnival Splendor and over all it was a great experience.
Day 1) Arrived at LAX around 12:30p was met in the baggage claim area by a Carnival representative who escorted my wife and I to the cruise port shuttle. After a short drive we were in line to get checked into the ship and get our sail and sign card. From the time we arrived at the port to the time we were on board was less then 30 minutes which was by far the fastest of any of the other ports I have sailed from(Miami,Port Canaveral, Jacksonville). Our cabin was already for us so we went straight to it dropped off our carry on luggage and went to grab a bite to eat all the the buffet was fairly crowded we were pleasantly surprised to discover they had a tandoori grill on the ship and the food was surprisingly good. After that it was time for the mandatory safety briefing..It was over quickly and we went to the cabin to sit on our balcony and prepared to set sail. however the time to sail came and went and the ship wasn't moving. suddenly we saw 2 ambulances and 3 police vehicles drive up to the ship. 2 people were take out by squad and another one 2 were escorted off the ship by police and all there luggage removed. an hour later the ship set sail with the only explanation from Carnival was that they sailed late do to a passengers concern. The rest of the evening was just dinner(the lido buffet ) and typical ship activities(games and shows)
Day 2) sea day Typical games and activities 1st formal night(Black Peral dinning room dining you way seating). The food was good wait staff professional and semi friendly a little problems with their english but they made a good effort. Also for the 1st time on any ship I have cruised ship they held a huge Labor day deck party that went on until 1am
Day 3-4 Cabo .. the 1st day on Cabo was horrible a very bad and dangerous carnival recommended shore excursion to Tados Santos and it took way to much argueing with the shore excursion desk by everyone who went on the excursion to get Carnival to do anything about it. The 2nd day was a little better we went on the exclusive beach resort tour. the beach was small and public just divided by a rope and the food offered as part of the tour was good and thge facalities at the resort were nice so over all a pretty good experience. The time on the ship after the excursions was just lido buffet and typical games and shows
Day 5) Puerto ..great port.. we chose to do the pirate ship adventure and it was awesome.. great food(both breakfast and lunch) the show they put on was both dramatic and funny and the time on the private beach was nice with activities ranging from snorkeling, banana boats, boogies boards, organized games to just lounging on the beach. Back on the ship it was dinner(black pearl dinning room) and shows. Also they had a NFL/Mardi gras deck party that went on until 2am
Day 6-7 and debarking the ship. the last 2 days were sea days and the offered the same type of games and always and the two shows vroom(high intensity rock show) and Carnival legends(were the passengers are the stars) were both well produced and entertaining . Then finally it was time to debark the ship we chose zone debarkation since we were zone 3 and it usually only takes less then 40 minutes to get off the ship. however do to the heightened security of it being 9/11 it took almost 3 hours to get off the ship but we still were able to make our flight with plenty of time to spare
In Summary this was a good cruise over all... a variety of food I haven't seen on other Carnival ships(Indian Tandoori, Burrito Bar, Rotisserie and something called didja as in did you ever try food which is a exotic appetizer offered at the sit down dining room). The crew was friendly ..special thanks to DEWI and the entertainment staff. The ship was nice and was a great value for the dollar